Lahore: A Dubai-bound Shaheen Air flight narrowly escaped a crash on Thursday when its tyres burst just before takeoff at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The engine of Shaheen Air flight NL-766 started making loud noises seconds before takeoff which prompted the pilot to apply emergency breaks to keep the plane on the runway, reports The Express Tribune. However, the breaks caused three of the plane’s tyres to burst. No loss of life was reported.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) personnel as well as engineers of Shaheen Air reached the spot and started rescue activities. There were around 160 passengers onboard this flight. However, no one was harmed in the incident, according to sources in CAA. Following the incident, the CAA announced that the primary runway of Lahore airport has been closed for a brief period of time.
This is not the first time a Shaheen Air flight has met with an accident. In November last year, a Lahore-bound Shaheen Air flight, carrying 121 passengers and crew members, had made an ’emergency landing’ at the Lahore airport as the aircraft skidded off the runway.